Jacqueline E. Jung (Yale University: History of Art) is author of The Gothic Screen: Sculpture, Space, and Community in French and German Cathedrals, ca 1200-1400 (Cambridge U.P., 2013), co-winner of the John Nicholas Brown Prize of the Medieval Academy of America. Her new book, Eloquent Bodies: Movement, Expression, and the Human Figure in Gothic Sculpture, will be published by Yale University Press this spring. She has been a Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin and recipient of the annual research prize from the Aby Warburg Foundation in Hamburg. At Yale her most recent courses have explored Gothic architecture, sculpture, and other representational media; religious visions and sensory cultures; medieval conceptions of the body; and sacred art and architecture of the pre-modern world.
Amy Appleford (Boston University: English) studies mortality, specifically death practice, in late medieval London. Her first monograph, Learning to Die in London, 1380-1530 (U. of Pennsylvania Press, 2014), argues that the structured awareness of death and mortality was in several ways a vital aspect of medieval civic culture, critical not only to the shaping of single lives and the management of families and households but also to the practices of cultural memory, the building of institutions, and the good government of the city itself. She is currently working on issues of mental health in late medieval England.
Chapurukha Kusimba (American University: Anthropology) specializes in the archaeology of complex societies and the origins of inequality, ancient African chiefdoms and states, urbanism in Africa, Islam in Africa, and the African Diaspora in Asia and the Americas. He is currently investigating ancient trade networks between East Africa, South, Southeast, and East Asia. He is also involved in several ongoing collaborative projects, including a study of ancient and modern DNA among East African coastal people designed to reveal their histories of interaction and origins, and an interdisciplinary study of slavery and its aftermath in East Africa.
Vasileios Marinis (Yale University: Institute of Sacred Music and Divinity School) has published on a variety of topics ranging from early Christian tunics decorated with New Testament scenes to medieval tombs, graffiti, and Byzantine transvestite nuns. He is the author of Architecture and Ritual in the Churches of Constantinople: Ninth to Fifteenth Centuries (Cambridge, 2014) and Death and the Afterlife in Byzantium: The Fate of the Soul in Theology, Liturgy, and Art (Cambridge, 2017).
Ahmed Ragab (Harvard Divinity School) researches the history of medicine, science and religion and the development of cultures of science and cultures of religion in the Middle East and the Islamic World. His The Medieval Islamic Hospital: Medicine, Religion and Charity (Cambridge U.P., 2015) was the first monographic study of Islamic hospitals. His current projects include an investigation of time as an epistemic and cultural category of medical thought and practice, and a co-authored book (with Katharine Park), examining the history of medieval and early modern science across traditional boundaries separating Europe and the Islamic world.
Kristina L. Richardson (CUNY Queens College: History) is author of Difference and Disability in the Medieval Islamic World: Blighted Bodies (Edinburgh U.P., 2012), which examines anecdotes, personal letters, (auto)biographies, erotic poetry, non-binding legal opinions, diaristic chronicles and theological tracts to analyze the cultural views and experiences of disability and difference in the medieval Islamic world. Her second book project, a history of blue- and green-eyed peoples of the medieval Islamic world, Gypsies in the Medieval Islamic World: A History of the Ghuraba, is under contract with I.B. Tauris.
Alicia Walker (Bryn Mawr College: History of Art, Center for Middle East Studies, Center for Visual Art) studies cross-cultural artistic interaction in the medieval world and gender issues in the art and material culture of Byzantium. In addition to her first monograph, The Emperor and the World: Exotic Elements and the Imaging of Middle Byzantine Imperial Power (Cambridge U.P., 2012), she has published essays on topics including medieval inter-cultural artistic transmission, the role of women in Byzantine art and culture, and the function and meaning of early Byzantine marriage jewelry.
Susan Holman (Valparaiso University) serves as the John R. Eckrich Chair and Professor of Religion and the Healing Arts. She received undergraduate degrees from Concordia College, Bronxville, and Valparaiso University, and graduate degrees from the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy (M.S.), Harvard Divinity School (M.T.S.) and Brown (Ph.D.). While working as a registered dietitian for low-income families in Boston, encounters with early Christian writers called her out of the clinic into theological studies on the history of illness, poverty, and social welfare in late antiquity. Her 2009 book, God Knows There’s Need: Christian Responses to Poverty, received funding from the Lilly Foundation and the Louisville Institute, and her 2015 book, Beholden: Religion, Global Health, and Human Rights, received the 2016 Grawemeyer Award in Religion. Her current projects explore intersections of religion and health in history, cross-generational voices, and material culture.
Gregory A. Smith (Central Michigan University) received his B.A. (1996) in classics and history from Case Western Reserve University and his A.M. (1999) and Ph.D. (2005) in history from Harvard University. In 2005–2006 he served as lecturer in the department of classics at Case Western Reserve. He joined the faculty at CMU in fall 2006. Trained as a western medievalist, a Byzantinist, and a historian of Roman and late antiquity, Dr. Smith specializes in the cultural and intellectual history of the second, third, and fourth centuries AD.
Jonathan Hsy (George Washington University) specializes in late medieval literature and culture, and his research and teaching interests span the fields of translation studies and disability theory. His first book, Trading Tongues: Merchants, Multilingualism, and Medieval Literature (Ohio State University Press, 2013), investigated the work of polyglot urban writers across the late medieval and early Tudor eras. His current book project, Disability and Life Writing: Authorship as Advocacy, Then and Now, explores writing by medieval authors who self-identified as blind or deaf. This approach not only reveals the complex meanings of deafness and blindness in the distant past, but it also asks how older strategies of autobiography might engage with contemporary activist-oriented disability theory.